General Chapter Information: Boston is a hub of innovation in energy sciences and petrophysics, home to research labs in universities, service companies and operators. A primary goal of this chapter is to connect the researchers in the Boston area with the diverse needs of practicing petrophysicists around the world.

For those who are SPWLA members, please confirm that your chapter affiliation is Boston (you can check that here:  For those who are not SPWLA members, please join the SPWLA (you can do so here:!  Beyond our local meetings, there any many other benefits to membership as described here:

Elections are coming up – grow your network and support your local technical community by becoming a Chapter Officer! A list of open positions is below. For those interested in running for office, please send an email to stating which position you’re interested in and providing a brief statement of candidacy.  The statement should include one paragraph describing your background and a second paragraph describing your goals for the chapter.  The deadline to declare candidacy is May 8. 


  1. Preside at all meetings of the Chapter.
  2. Appoint all temporary committees and chairpersons.
  3. Perform duties which pertain to the direction of the Chapter.
  4. Call special elections.
  5. Maintain communication with the parent SPWLA through the assigned Regional Director for the Chapter, and by a formal report (on standard form) within 30 days after each Chapter meeting.
  6. Forward a list of officers elected for the next term to the SPWLA business office before the Annual
    Business Meeting, which is held at the annual SPWLA Symposium.
  7. Encourage membership in both the Chapter and the parent SPWLA.
  8. Entertain the idea to submit a bid proposal for the purpose of hosting an annual SPWLA Symposium.
  9. Formal bids should be presented to the Board of Directors of the SPWLA during the fourth quarter of the calendar year.

Vice President:

  1. Be responsible for the technical programs of the Chapter.
  2. Preside at Chapter meetings in the absence of the President.
  3. Encourage membership in the Chapter and in the parent SPWLA.
  4. Encourage participation in technical activities, such as making presentations at Chapter meetings, submitting abstracts to the SPWLA Technological Committee for possible presentation of a paper at the annual SPWLA Symposium, and submitting papers to Petrophysics.
  5. Arrange for the meeting place of the Chapter.


  1. Preside at Chapter meetings in the absence of both the President and Vice President.
  2. Give written notice of meetings to eligible members.
  3. Prepare and keep the minutes of regular and special meetings of the Chapter.
  4. Transmit a brief summary of regular meetings to the SPWLA business office for publication in Petrophysics.


  1. Collect all dues and other obligations to the Chapter.
  2. Make disbursements and transact other financial business authorized by the Chapter.
  3. Make a financial report at the close of the Chapter year and at other times upon request of the President.
  4. Keep the SPWLA business office informed of the Chapters financial status using standard form from business office.
  5. Keep ongoing orderly financial records for the Chapter.

VP Outreach:

  1. Encourage membership in both the Chapter and the parent SPWLA.
  2. Act as the liaison for the local student chapters of the SPWLA.
  3. Create and maintain an up to date the Chapter Web Page.
  4. Maintain an up-to-date membership list of the Chapter, including name, member status and address.


Next Event: The Boston Chapter of the SPWLA is sponsoring an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer Presentation along with the MIT MOG Club and SPE NYNE on Monday, May 8 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. The meeting will take place at the MIT Stat Center, Building 32, Room 124. We will hear from Tim Collet (AAPG) on the subject of Gas Hydrate Petroleum Systems Analysis in Marine and Arctic Permafrost Environments (abstract below). A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP for the meeting by sending a message, including your SPWLA member number, to by May 1st.

Gas Hydrate Petroleum Systems Analysis in Marine and Arctic Permafrost Environments 

By Tim Collet (AAPG)

The study of gas hydrates in nature has been ongoing for over 40 years. Significant strides have been made in our understanding of the occurrence, distribution, and characteristics of marine and permafrost associated gas hydrates. Numerous field studies have shown that the potential amount of gas stored as gas hydrates in the world greatly exceeds the volume of known conventional gas resources. Gas hydrate research in recent years has focused on: (1) documenting the geologic parameters that control the occurrence and stability of gas hydrates in nature, (2) assessing the volume of natural gas stored within various gas hydrate accumulations, (3) analyzing the production response and related characteristics of gas hydrates, (4) identifying and predicting natural and induced environmental and climate impacts of natural gas hydrates, and (5) analyzing the effects of gas hydrate on drilling safety.


Future Events:

Stay tuned – details coming soon!

 Officer Biographies

President: Andrew E. Pomerantz is the Geochemistry Program Manager at Schlumberger-Doll Research.  His research focuses on the development of novel techniques to characterize the chemical composition of kerogen and asphaltenes, including methods in mass spectrometry, X-ray spectroscopy, and infrared spectroscopy.  That molecular information is used to understand fundamental physical and chemical processes in petroleum such as asphaltene compositional grading and storage and transport in shales.   He graduated from Stanford University with a PhD in chemistry in 2005 and has co-authored 50 peer-reviewed publications.

Vice President: Ravinath Kausik K.V. is a Senior Research scientist at Schlumberger-Doll Research. At Schlumberger he has focused on the development of novel NMR and petrophysical techniques for porous media, especially unconventional gas and tight oil organic shale plays. He has developed new NMR pulse sequences and petrophysical workflows for better understanding various fractions of unconventional plays such as the stored gas, bitumen, producible oil, kerogen and bound water. He is also involved in the development of the next generation NMR relaxometry and diffusometry measurements for both laboratory and logging applications. He obtained a M.Sc. from IIT Madras, India and Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Ulm, Germany.  He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara before joining Schlumberger-Doll Research in 2009.

Secretary: Julie E. Kowan is a Geomechanics Consultant with over 12 years’ experience helping operators drill safer, more cost-effective wells and plan field development by reducing non-productive Time (NPT) due to wellbore instability and improving production. Julie has expertise in unconventional reservoirs, pore pressure prediction, stress constraint, wellbore stability, fracture permeability and compaction and is also skilled at summarizing complex scientific models into digestible reports. Prior to launching J. Kowan Consulting, LLC and joining HXR Drilling Services in June 2016, Julie was a Geomechanics Advisor at Baker Hughes from 2009 to April 2016. Before being promoted to Advisor, Julie held several other technical geomechanics positions at Baker Hughes and GeoMechanics International from 2005 to 2009. Julie earned a Master of Science in Geology from Brown University and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Rutgers University. 

Treasurer: Tancredi Botto
is a Principal Research scientist at Schlumberger-Doll Research, where he has contributed to and initiated a number of research projects based on nuclear technologies. Among those, he has developed and field tested a novel deep-reading density imager based on naturally occurring cosmic rays. He is also involved in nuclear modeling and microwave sensor research. Tancredi holds a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (1999) and a M.Sc. from the University of Genoa, Italy. Prior to joining Schlumberger in 2005 he worked on experimental nuclear physics as a Research Scientist at the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science.


Past Events:

September 11, 2015: Susan Herron, recently retired from Schlumberger-Doll Research, presented a talk entitled Subsurface Composition and Mineralogy Determined from Nuclear Spectroscopy Logs and Core Measurements.

November 6, 2015: Manika Prasad of Colorado School of Mines presented a talk entitled Surface Controls on Storage, Stiffness, and Transport Properties of Rocks.

December 3, 2015: Gary A. Simpson of Hess Corporation presented his SPWLA Distinguished Lecture: Using Advanced Logging Measurements to Develop a Robust Petrophysical Model for the Bakken Petroleum System. 

January 22, 2016: Margaret Lessenger, President and Owner of Rimrock Petrophysics and Analytics, presented her SPWLA Distinguished Lecture: Subsurface Fluid Characterization Using Downhole and Core NMR T1T2 Maps Combined with Pore-scale Imaging Techniques.

February 26, 2016: Ralph Milliken, Professor of Planetary Science at Brown University, presented a talk titled, Hyperspectral Imaging for Mineral and Organic Analysis: Lab, Drill Core, and Space-based Applications.

March 22, 2016: Nate Bachman, principal physicist and project manager at the Schlumberger Houston Formation Evaluation Center presented his SPWLA Distinguished lecture, Determination of Wettability from Magnetic Resonance Relaxation and Diffusion Measurements on Fresh-state Cores.

April 21, 2016: Oliver Mullins, Science Advisor at Schlumberger and SPWLA Distinguished Lecturer, presented a talk titled, Reservoir Fluid Geodynamics and Reservoir Evaluation.

May 13, 2016: Ravinath Kausik, Senior Research Scientist at Schlumberger-Doll Research and Boston Chapter Vice President, presented his SPWLA Distinguished Lecture, NMR Relaxometry of Shale and Implications on Logging.

June 2, 2016: Robert Kleinberg, Schlumberger Fellow, Schlumberger-Doll Research, presented a talk titled, Economics of Oil Production. This was a joint event with the NY&NE SPE Chapter.

July 8, 2016: Clotilde Chen Valdes, Ph.D. candidate in interdisciplinary engineering at Texas A&M University, presented her 2015 SPWLA Distinguished Lecture Impact of Anisotropic Elastic and Petrophysical Properties on Stress Prediction in Organic-Rich Mudrocks.

August 5, 2016: Luis Quintero, SPWLA President and Global Advisor at Halliburton, presented a very interesting and entertaining talk titled, Petrophysics, Core of the Oil Industry.

September 30, 2016: Julie Kowan, Geomechanics Consultant at J. Kowan Consulting, LLC and Geomechanics Advisor at HXR Drilling Services, presented a talk titled, Wellbore Stability: Special Concerns for the Marcellus Shale.

November 2, 2016: Mayank Malik of Chevron Energy Technology Company and 2016-2017 SPWLA Distinguished Lecturer presented his talk, How Can Microfracturing Improve Reservoir Management?

December 16, 2016: Dzevat Omeragic of Schlumberger-Doll Resarch presented Monika Vik Constable’s 2016-2017 SPWLA Distinguished Lecture, Looking Ahead of the Bit While Drilling: From Vision to Reality, of which he is a co-author.

January 13, 2017: Vegar Ravlo, Project Manager at Digital Rock Solutions Materials & Structural Analysis (formerly FEI), Thermo Fisher Scientific, presented a talk called, Applying Digital Rock Technology to Reservoir Characterization.

February 17, 2017: Paul Craddock, Research Scientist at Schlumberger-Doll Research Center, presented his 2016-2017 SPWLA Distinguished Lecture titled, Assessing Reservoir Quality in Tight Oil Plays with the Downhole Reservoir Producibility Index (RPI).

March 31, 2017: The Boston Chapter sponsored a guided visit to Harvard’s Mineralogical & Geological Museum. Our host was Dr. Alonso-Perez, the museum curator.

April 14, 2017: Romain Prioul, Program Manager Geomechanics at Schlumberger-Doll Research Center, presented a talk titled, Using Cuttings to Extract Geomechanical Properties Along Lateral Wells in Unconventional Reservoirs.


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